Madonna's 'artistic rape'

MADONNA: The singer has released six songs from her album Rebel Heart.

Six full tracks from Madonna's upcoming Rebel Heart album have been released on iTunes.

Anjelica Huston: What Doesn’t Kill You

LOST LOVE: Jack Nicholson and Angelica Houston were a couple for 17 years.

Anjelica Huston opens up about her long, fraught relationship with Jack Nicholson.

Bringing out the inner adult

MARSDEN REVEALED:  ‘‘The real me is very different from what they have imagined,’’ says outspoken Australian author John Marsden.

Australian author John Marsden has sold 5 million copies of teen fiction and is making his first foray into adult literature.

Coro St far from escapism

CROWD CONTROLLER: Behavioural psychologist Daniel Pink. No, he’s not in Coronation St.

Television, it has often been said, represents escapism, particularly when your lot in life isn't so flash.

TS Spivet an exquisite adventure

DELICIOUSLY CLEVER: Kyle Catlett plays TS Spivet.

This school holidays, take your young people for a trip down an idyllic memory lane.

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celebrities

Impossibly Keira

IMITATION GAME: Keira Knightley.

The real Keira Knightley is a "woman's woman" who prefers to live on the creative edge.

Anjelica Huston tells all

Anjelica Huston opens up about her long, fraught relationship with Jack Nicholson.

Two powerhouses meet video

Kim K's scathing email to her mum

film

Water Diviner hit and miss

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY: Russell Crowe’s tale of a father searching for his sons in the aftermath of Gallipoli is undermined by saccharine moments and a morass of cliches.

Russell Crowe has turned out many a fine, Oscar-worthy performance in his career.

Jackson 'cares for fans, not critics'

Critical reivews don't bother filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson, who says it's fans' opinions that really matter. 

DELICIOUSLY CLEVER: Kyle Catlett plays TS Spivet.

TS Spivet an exquisite adventure

This school holidays, take your young people for a trip down an idyllic memory lane.

music

Madonna's 'artistic rape'

MADONNA: The singer has released six songs from her album Rebel Heart.

Six full tracks from Madonna's upcoming Rebel Heart album have been released on iTunes.

Katy Perry an early Christmas gift for fans gallery

REVIEW: Katy Perry manages to be sweet without being sickly, suggestive without being lewd, and kooky without being crazy.

Folk singer Amiria Grenell, who won a Tui for best folk album in 2012, will perform at Evolve.

Colourful lineup for Evolve

Tui winners, African drummers and psychic to perform at country's only health and wellbeing festival.

tv & radio

The best TV lines of the year

HIGHLY QUOTABLE: Game of Thrones

TV produces endlessly quotable lines. Here are some of the best of the year.

Coro St far from escapism

Television, it has often been said, represents escapism, particularly when your lot in life isn't so flash.

Christmas with the stars

Christmas with the stars

We asked a host of international and local stars how they will be celebrating the festive season.

books

What to read this summer

"The only real option we have is to sweat it out in our caves, wiling away the hours with a series of good books."

Feminists are good at reading, having learned to embrace it in place of all the boys who never asked us out on dates.

JK Rowling regrets killing this character

In a new short essay published on the Pottermore website Rowling said she feels guilty about killing off this character.

MARSDEN REVEALED:  ‘‘The real me is very different from what they have imagined,’’ says outspoken Australian author John Marsden.

Bringing out the inner adult

Australian author John Marsden has sold 5 million copies of teen fiction and is making his first foray into adult literature.

arts

Nothing much, something special video

DYNAMIC DUO: Sisters Sally and Elsie Bollinger of Pt Chevalier have written and created the Nothing Much To Do web series with two friends from Wellington.

Four Shakespeare lovers have modernised one of the Bard's most famous stories into a teenage web series.

Arts festival line-up revealed

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival audiences will have 70 different events to choose from.

New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts president Greg Chaston in its main gallery for the exhibition Art on the Wharf.

Cutting it fine: Rebuilding fine arts

The 132-year-old New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts has had a rocky year, but it's determined to rebuild.

stage & theatre

Setting the stage

Making history: From left, Andrew Foster, Tai Berdinner-Blades and Jason Whyte, winner of four Chapman Tripp Awards including Production of the Year.

The Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards, announced last night, included a salute to the low-profile Simon Elson, who had a big part in making Bats Theatre what it is today.

Dinosaurs return to Auckland

Dino-lovers rejoice. Tyrannosaurus Rex and his mates will make a thundering comeback when Walking with Dinosaurs returns to Auckland.

Different priorities: "Money isn't everything and, as a freelance musician, you being to realise that early on," says Madeleine Pierard.

Motherhood and Messiah

Just three weeks after Madeleine Pierard sang with Orchestra Wellington in the La Donna Ideale (The Ideal Woman) concert, she gave birth to her first child.

Video

Two powerhouses meet

Prime ministers are so yesterday – tonight Katy Perry is mixing with another global superstar.